End Homelessness with HearthShares

Nov 2015

Hello Boston! This one’s for you. In the spirit of Thanksgiving and the holidays, I wanted to tell you about HearthShares, an local organization working to end homelessness. Launched in 2014, the program has raised $80,000 to provide support for the Boston area homeless community. Supported by Citizen’s Bank, 100% of the proceeds from HearthShares will benefit Hearth, Friends of Boston’s Homeless and a select group of other non profits working to end homelessness in our area. This is an opportunity to Pay it Forward while you are in the #sharingseason.

Hearthshares homeless fundraiser

Over 38 Boston restaurants are participating in the program and they couldn’t have made it any easier to donate. I made my first on Friday. This is the season for holiday parties, dinner with friends and lots of celebrating in area restaurants. Support the program by eating in one of the listed spots. Others are joining in, look for an updated list here.

End Homelessness with HearthShares

Boston Chefs and Restaurateurs Ming Tsai, Jeffrey Gates along with Chef Chris Douglass, Chef Nookie Postal, Chef Jamie Mammano, Chef Jeffrey Fournier, Chef Nicholas Calias and many others have signed on to support Hearth Shares at their restaurants.  They follow in the footsteps of Fergus Henderson, Gordon Ramsay, Angela Hartnett and Ashley Palmer-Watts who support the program’s London counterpart, StreetSmart in their restaurants.  Since 1998, StreetSmart has raised over $10 million for homeless programs in London and has over 500 participating restaurants.

WHEN:         November 20, 2015 – December 25, 2015

WHERE:       Participating restaurants in Greater Boston include 51 Lincoln, 80 Thoreau, 224 Boston Street, Aquitaine Boston, Ashmont Grill, The Backroom, Battery Park, Beat Hôtel Brasserie, The Beehive, Bella Luna & The Milky Way, Blue Dragon, Blue Ginger, Brasserie Jo, Cinquecento, Commonwealth, Estragon, EVOO, Gaslight Brasserie, Juniper, Isabella Restaurant, L’Andana, The Local Newton, The Local Wayland, The Local Wellesley, The Merchant, Metropolis Café, Mistral, Mooo…, Ostra, Sorellina, South End Buttery, Sweet Basil, Sycamore, Tavolo, Teatro, Waban Kitchen, and Za Restaurant Arlington & Cambridge.  Yea to see so many of my Newton neighbors here!


SOCIAL:  Twitter:         www.twitter.com/HearthShares

                    Instagram:    www.instagram.com/HearthShares

Facebook:     www.facebook.com/HearthShares

Hashtag:       #sharingseason Show your support by using the hashtag.

INFO:              www.HearthShares.org

Hearth Shares is based on the successful StreetSmart program, which started in London and is now in several cities and countries around the world. Hearth Shares aims to provide comfort and hope to people who live on the streets and in shelters near restaurants.  To support this effort, diners are invited to add a donation of $1 or more to their bill at participating restaurants.  Donations will be used to support nonprofits in Greater Boston that are providing permanent solutions to homelessness through services and affordable housing.

Hearth Shares is an initiative of Hearth, Inc., a Boston nonprofit dedicated to the elimination of homelessness among the elderly, and Friends of Boston’s Homeless, a non-profit that supports innovative, solution-oriented programs to help the homeless move beyond shelter to lead independent lives in the community.

Have you heard of Hearth Shares or Street Smart in your area?

Top feature photo by BrownPau used under Creative Commons.

  1. anna parker says:

    This is a clever idea – I have seen it done in coffee shops, but this is really being embraced now, look at all those restaurants signed up

  2. What a superb idea. Imagine if it were being run everywhere, imagine the money that could be raised for homeless people.

    Super to see so many Boston restaurants participating.

  3. Erin says:

    What a great idea. I love cooking and this is right up my alley. If only I was in Boston. Will share though!